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How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

Weeks to Months: You will be home usually within a week but rehabilitation is a big part of recovery and it will take several more weeks before you feel 100%. The sternotomy will be sore until it fully heals. In addition, if you had a vein harvest from the legs, it takes several weeks for these wounds to heal. Overall it takes a month or two before you feel fully recovered. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Maybe: He should go to a doctor to be evaluated. Chest discomfort in patients with coronary disease, with or without surgery, can feel like gas pressure. ...Read more

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Considering open-heart surgery and triple bypass but concerned as a spoker about oxygen use?

Considering open-heart surgery and triple bypass but concerned as a spoker about oxygen use?

It's a Problem: Smoking up until the time of CABG will cause more secretions in your lungs. You might end up going home on oxygen for a short time after surgery. Best to commit to quitting for good. ...Read more

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Are this many complications common after open-heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

Are this many complications common after open-heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart.  11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib.  Two hours after surgery needed anot

I : I am so sorry that your dad and your family are having to go through this. As you know, that is an extremely major surgery. Triple bypass with aortic valve replacement and procedure for atrial fibrillation is extremely extensive surgery. Factors that can affect the surgery and outcome include the condition of the patient prior to surgery, age, kidney function prior to surgery, and the condition of the heart prior to surgery. Keep an open line of communication with the doctor and nursing staff so that your family's questions can be answered to your satisfaction. I wish the best for your father. ...Read more

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How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

Personal choice : It depends on the patients compliance with diet, medications, and exercise. Typically, I should last several years, but it is so individual specific according to lifestyle. I recommend close monitoring of such a patient. Wishing you the very best. ...Read more

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How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

Variable: Depends on age, left ventricle, other risks etc.
Depends on conduits- internal mammary grafts.
The point is that most do well and for a long time.
I have patients at 30 years. ...Read more

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Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: Immediately should be with care.
After a month or so, same as most flyers, presuming all checkups are on target! ...Read more

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What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

Mutiple: Heart attack, stroke, death, kidney injury or failure, infection, bleeding, cardiac tamponade, and complications of vascular disease, which can occur in many areas of the body. ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the complications that can arise from triple bypass heart surgery?

Bypass: Heart attack, stroke, death, major infection, kidney failure. However, the reality is that overall risk is low. ...Read more

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Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: The symptoms or signs lead to cardiac catheterization and definition of the anatomy which may be suitable for cabg.

Full risks, benefits and options should be presented to you.
Depending on the symptoms, severity, anatomy the procedure should be done sooner than later. ...Read more

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Is the recovery, or the actual procedure, more important regarding triple bypass heart surgery?

Is the recovery, or the actual procedure, more important regarding triple bypass heart surgery?

Both: Cut well, sew well, do well is the axiom.
Without good surgery, recovery does not necessarily go well. ...Read more

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How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing?  Thank you.

Depends: Depends on a number of factors: coexisting illness, previous surgery in area(namely chest), previous heart attacks causing congestive heart failure, quality of saphenous veins(used for conduits), is patient obese, etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Maybe: It depends what medications you're on. I would limit myself to 1 to 2 drinks in any given day. Also, alcohol can affect the drug coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

Cabg: When was your last cardiac evaluation? Even if asymptomatic — you have documented heart disease and should have an imaging stress test every 2 years. Earlier if you develop symptoms such as CP, Shortness of breath, fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, diaphoresis, etc. See your cardiologist. ...Read more

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I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery.can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery.can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

Viagra (sildenafil) and stent: This question needs to be asked of your doctor/cardiologist who knows you, your condition and your medications. If you are taking nitrates as part of your medications then you can't use the viagra (sildenafil) type drugs. Ask your Doc to explain all this to you. ...Read more

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What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open-heart surgery?

What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open-heart surgery?

Most anything: If no difficulty sitting, chewing, swallowing and is hungry.
Many will have limited appetite so finding things they like is important.
Short term even skyline can be ok.
Long term see aha low cholesterol, low sodium is preferable. ...Read more

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Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open-heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open-heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Possibly: Your surgeon should also be able to address these questions, as they are certainly well-versed in the complications related to bypass, and also what sort of bypass will be needed for your case. On the other hand, I'm certain most centers could easily arrange for you to spam with the perfusionist... ...Read more

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Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open-heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open-heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Not necessarily: A CABG if done without cardiopulmonary bypass (cpb) does not require the heart to be opened, however most cabgs are done with cpb requires cannula placement in the heart.

However, most people consider any surgery on the heart where the chest is opened open-heart surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for one's chest to heal from open-heart surgery? And how long does it take to fully recover?

Variable: It generally takes a year to fully recover after open-heart surgery, though the wounds will be healed after a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open-heart surgery?

2 months: Traditionally most patients have showered and left hospital in 4 or 5 days post op. They are then seen in office at 10 days and most are ready to get back to their life. They generally are tired still. I recommend 2 months off work, no strenuous exercise, and then start cardiac rehab. If you had minimally invasive surgery with smaller incision or no sternotomy recovery is faster. ...Read more

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How long would my heart surgery be for two haert valves replaced and bypass too.?

How long would my heart surgery be for two haert valves replaced and bypass too.?

6-8 hours: A bypass takes about 10-15 min per graft (proximAl and distal) each valve takes about 30. — 45 min plus it takes an hour to place lined and put a person to sleep. Most patients Go to OR at 7:30 and will be in ICU by 3:00 ...Read more

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How long does it take for the breastbone to fuse after an open-heart surgery?

How long does it take for the breastbone to fuse after an open-heart surgery?

6-8 weeks: The sternum heals like any broken bone in your body, taking 6-8 weeks to fully heal. ...Read more

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Does the sternum fuse together after open-heart surgery and how long does it take?

Does the sternum fuse together after open-heart surgery and how long does it take?

Yes, like bone fract: The sternum is a bone & heals like any other bone. It is "fractured" (cut) at the start of open-heart surgery. At the end of surgery, the sternum is usually "sewn up" using metal wires to hold the 2 parts together. Further, bone healing (fusion) occurs over the course of 3-6 months (eg, as with a broken arm). Wires hold the sternum together in that time & fuse with bone as it heals. Ask surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take to wake up from open-heart surgery?

How long does it take to wake up from open-heart surgery?

Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists often run the case so a patient is awake very rapidly at the end of the procedure. Not all anesthetic runs aim for this however. Discuss the specifics with the anesthesia team doing the procedure. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from open-heart surgery?

How much time does it take to recover from open-heart surgery?

Recovery time: Recovery time from cardiac surgery varies by the general condition of the patient and the type of surgery. For an uncomplicated coronary bypass surgery in an otherwise normal patient, can be out of hospital in under a week and back to work after around 6 weeks on the average. With complicated surgery in an ill patient these numbers can be significantly longer. ...Read more

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How does to take to fully recover after open-heart surgery on an infant?

How does to take to fully recover after open-heart surgery on an infant?

Stages: "Full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. ...Read more

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How long does open-heart surgery take to complete?

How long does open-heart surgery take to complete?

Depends: Most coronary operations are about 3-5 hours for average surgeon, disease and place.
Some pride on speed, but thorough and careful is a good idea.
Valve operations also vary with how bad the valve is, and if more than one valve needs work. ...Read more